Ponerology (Study of Evil)

In theology, ponerology (from Greek poneros, "evil") is a study of evil. Evil is anything that contradicts the nature of God. Most people believe in the objective existance of evil while some people don't believe evil exists. They think it is subjective and up to the individual to decide if something is evil. The Bible says that God created free will, and therefore created the possibility of evil, while not creating evil itself. The free will of Lucifer led to his ultimate decision to be evil, and the free will of Adam and Eve led to the same for all of mankind. It was only through sacrifice, pointing to the ultimate sacrifice of God himself (Jesus Christ) that mankind could be delivered from evil and brought into a relationship with our Creator and loving Father.

Evil is typically used as a noun and adjective, and defined as:

1. that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.
2. the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
3. the wicked or immoral part of someone or something: The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
4. harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.
5. anything causing injury or harm: Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
6. a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence: the evils of alcohol.
7. a disease, as king's evil.

evil. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/evil (accessed: April 11, 2010).

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